Undergraduate students interact with the Theology Department through the Lasallian Core Traditions Program. All students are required to complete two courses of their own choosing in the Faith Traditions Content Area (students in the Lasallian Honors Program are required to complete one course within Faith Traditions and another course embedded in the Honors program). These classes touch on such areas as different interpretations of the Bible, distinctive elements of the Roman Catholic tradition, what it means to be human, the historical development of doctrine, and understanding the different theories exploring the relationship between faith in God, moral and ethical behavior, and religious practice. Students also gain an awareness and appreciation for how religion interconnects with life in contemporary society.
In addition to basic studies, the department offers both a theology major and minor. A major may prepare students for graduate study or to teach religion at a Catholic high school. A minor complements any major in the liberal arts and also helps further enrich the person’s relationship with God. In addition, a major is offered in pastoral and youth ministry, which focuses on sharing the faith through parish work or church-affiliated work for society. Finally, the Theology Department contributes to the Educational Studies — Religious Education major, which prepares students for teaching theology and religion in private schools.
Goals for Our Students
Courses offered in the theology department assist all students in attaining:
Knowledge of the Bible and an understanding of it as a primary source of God’s revelation
Recognition of the distinctive elements of the Roman Catholic tradition, and an understanding of the relationship between faiths, beliefs, moral and ethical behavior, and religious practice
Foundational comprehension and acquisition of skills, attitudes, and intellectual capacities involved in the engagement of faith and life
An appreciative understanding of the relationship between theological study and its critical engagement with contemporary society